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Gai-Jin Audiobook

Gai-Jin: The Epic Novel of the Birth of Modern Japan

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Publisher's Summary

The heir to the magnificent English trading company, the Noble House; the direct descendant of the first Toranaga Shōgun, battling to usher his country into the modern age; a beautiful young Frenchwoman forever torn between ambition and desire - their lives intertwine in an exotic land newly open to foreigners, gai-jin, and torn apart by greed, idealism, and terrorism. Their passions mingle with monarchs and diplomats, assassins, courtesans, and spies. Their fates collide in James Clavell's masterpiece set in 19th-century Japan - an unforgettable epic seething with betrayal and secrets, brutality and heroism, love and forbidden passions.

©2015 James Clavell (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    BrankoUK 07/06/2017
    BrankoUK 07/06/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant, different from Shogun"

    Another masterpiece, flawed but brilliant. The reader is phenomenal at creating distinct and recognisable voices for each character, though his Japanese accents and pronunciations are appalling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adriano Milan 11/11/2015
    Adriano Milan 11/11/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Extremely captivating!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! It tells more than a beautiful story. This book brings you in the mind of its characters and they live you and makes you better. Absolutely Epic


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gai-Jin?

    The duel between Toranaga Yoshi


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He gives life to characters. When you listen this audiobook they are standing in front of you. <br/>


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No! You do not want the pleasure to finish so soon <br/>


    Any additional comments?

    The best thing about this book are the characters. They are all so complex and perfectly described. By the end of the book they are friends and they live you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Crime Fiction Groupie High Wycombe, United Kingdom 20/05/2017
    Crime Fiction Groupie High Wycombe, United Kingdom 20/05/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "50h of epic listening!"

    Now, this was a Clavell book that I had only read once when it came out (having read and re-read his first 4 Asian Saga books multiple times). I vaguely recalled the original read as being slightly disappointing - long book, not as gripping as e.g. Shogun. However, I've been delighted to re-encounter it, reading the series in chronological order probably helping a little bit.

    The story itself is as complex as ever, with a wide range of characters on both the European and Japanese threads. Once you have them straight in your head, they take you along with them, with every more twisted connections and secrets.

    The narrator did a brilliant job, apparently coping with ease in switching from Scottish accents to English to French to Japanese to Russian to American.... you get the picture.

    For me, then and now, the characters didn't capture my emotions as much as e.g. Blackthorne, or Dirk and May-May. But I enjoyed the story much more on this 2nd encounter, and rate it highly.

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    Unique Pseudonym 19/05/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Somehow not as good as Shogun and Tai-Pan"

    Perhaps there were too many characters or perhaps I just wasn't listening carefully enough but I found this one a little harder to follow. I never felt fully engaged.

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    HA 27/04/2017
    HA 27/04/2017
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    "Long winded but a good story"

    Goodish story..bit long winded at times but well read. Kept me entertained enough. Not as good as Shogun though.!

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    charliekneen 13/04/2017
    charliekneen 13/04/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Another hit"

    It took a while to get used to the narration, but after a while it was good.

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    anthony 08/12/2016
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    didn't like narrator so much - book not as good in my opinion as shogun

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    Patricia 05/10/2016
    Patricia 05/10/2016
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    "Outstanding narrator"

    This fascinating novel is brought to life by John Lee, who is a master of voices and accents. It sounded as though he had several people in the studio with him!
    The story is captivating, every bit as good as Noble House, with a different cast of characters but references made to previous people who featured in that story.
    It's very long - 50+ hours - but I was sad when it ended. Totally recommend this title!

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    30/09/2016
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    "Pretty good but very long"

    Like all of Clavell's books there are a lot of characters to keep track of and many plot strands but art the end not much is resolved. still decent entertainment but not as good as Shogun or Taipan. Reader was fine

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    Ian Heyworth 05/11/2015
    Ian Heyworth 05/11/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "A Fantastic Book !"

    Such a great adventure , so well read!
    James Clavell was a great author it's a shame he did not write another between this one and Noble House !

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  • Sarkis
    06/07/17
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    "Captivating"

    A captivating insight of Nipon (Japan) history. But with a plot very close to Shogun just from a different prospective and as a back plot of the main story, surrounded by lots of small stories of love, blackmail, life and death completing the "Big Picture" very nicely. Turning this book into a masterpiece.

    PS: Be prepeared for a treat.

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  • Anonymous
    25/04/17
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    "Compelling though the least of Clavell's Asia Saga"

    A plethora of characters and a meandering story, it's none the less compelling for its historical perspective (of a sorts).

    The narrator does a fine job, though accents (especially the Japanese) border on the worst sort of stereotype. Japanese pronunciation is also not up to scratch.

    buy if you liked Shogun and just want more

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